Marc LiVecche

Marc LiVecche is the executive editor of Providence. He is also Leadership Research Fellow at the US Naval Academy and a McDonald Foundation Distinguished Scholar. From the summer of 2018 to fall of 2020, he was the McDonald Research Scholar at the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, & Public Life, in residence at Christ Church, Oxford University.

Marc completed doctoral studies, earning distinction, at the University of Chicago, where he worked under the supervision of the political theorist and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain, until her death in August, 2013. His first book, The Good Kill: Just War & Moral Injury, will be published in early 2021 by Oxford University Press. Another project, Responsibility and Restraint: James Turner Johnson and the Just War Tradition, co-edited with Eric Patterson, was published by Stone Tower Press in the fall of 2020. Currently, he is finalizing Moral Horror: A Just War Defense of Hiroshima. Before all this academic stuff, Marc spent twelve years doing a variety of things in Central Europe—ranging from helping build sport and recreational leagues in post-communist communities, to working at a Christian study and research center, to leading seminars on history and ethics onsite at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland. This latter experience allowed him to continue his undergraduate study of the Shoah; a process which rendered him entirely ill-suited for pacifism.

Marc lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and children–and a marmota monax whistlepigging under the shed. He can be followed, or stalked, on twitter @mlivecche. Additional publications can be found at his Amazon author page.

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Marksism – No. 68: Colin Powell, Niebuhr on USSR, Kentucky Seminaries

This week the editors discuss Colin Powell’s legacy, what Reinhold Niebuhr said about the USSR and anti-communists in 1946, and LiVecche’s trip to speak at seminaries in Kentucky.

Marc LiVecche at Asbury University on Just War and Christian Realism
Marc LiVecche at Asbury University on Just War and Christian Realism

Marc LiVecche, executive editor of Providence, spoke at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, about the just war tradition and Christian realism.

Marksism – No. 67: Mennonites, Nancy Reagan, James Bond, Gen. Milley
Marksism – No. 67: Mennonites, Nancy Reagan, James Bond, Gen. Milley

This week the editors discuss a book review of Melissa Florer-Bixler’s How to Have an Enemy, a review of James Bond films, an interview with Karen Tumulty about Nancy Reagan, and Marc Livecche’s article about Gen. Mark Milley.

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Love’s Casuistry: A Case for Forgiveness

Justice and forgiveness, rightly understood, are not opposites. They are mutually reinforcing goods. We divorce them at our own peril–and our enemy’s.

Marksism – No. 66: Just War Post 9/11 and Beyond

This week the editors discuss Debra Erickson’s article about the just war tradition after 9/11.

Marksism – No. 65: Retribution, Terror, Sin, and German Elections

This week the editors cover Marc LiVecche’s article about retribution, Colin Dueck’s article about Reinhold Niebuhr, and Christian Forstner’s comments on the German election.

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Love’s Casuistry: A Case for Retribution

Retribution is the form love sometimes takes when nothing else will requite injustice.

Marksism – No. 64: 9/11 Recall and Afghan Drone Horror
Marksism – No. 64: 9/11 Recall and Afghan Drone Horror

This week the editors discuss Marc LiVecche’s article about 9/11 and a report about the Pentagon admitting its drone strike against an aid worker in Kabul last month was a “tragic mistake.”

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An Enmity Wholesome and Wise

Commentary surrounding the 20th anniversary of 9-11 coalesced into broad themes of sorrow and rage. Both emotions were appropriate to the day.

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Marksism – No. 63: 9/11 Christian Realist Reflections

In this week’s episode, the editors discuss 9/11.